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For individuals on the autism spectrum, the bright lights and loud noises of a live footy match can cause sensory overload. But inclusive initiatives like this one from the Wests Tigers and Autism Spectrum Australia are helping people with autism, and their families, get out and about and enjoy activities others might take for granted.

 

International Disability Alliance for News, Events, Resouces

The first ever Global Disability Summit will be held on July 24 in London, hosted by the UK Department for International Development along with co-hosts the International Disability Alliance and the Government of Kenya.

See the International Disability Alliance website for more information.

Accessible travel phrasebook

Lonely Planet has released its first ever travel phrasebook for people with a disability thanks to a group of volunteer translators who helped contribute to the project.

The tiny useful pocketbook comes with phrases in 35 languages and includes 100 disability-specific words and phrases along with easy-to-follow pronunciation guides and vocabulary on topics ranging from hotels to transportation and other travel tips.

Accessible Travel Phrasebook can be downloaded for free via mobile devices, laptops and tablets.

 

upsee footy boy cerebral palsy

Harry Waechter is kicking goals! The four-year-old who has cerebral palsy recently played for the Athelstone under 7s in an exhibition match, with a little help from his dad Ben and an upright mobility device called an 'Upsee'.

Mr Waechter hopes the exhibition match would encourage other sporting clubs to be more inclusive.

 

Chris Bunton is one high achieving young Aussie!
In case you missed it, his inspirational chat with The Project's Lisa Wilkinson is a must see. 

 

aussie hip hop and disability support group breaks new ground

A hip-hop music video released in Newcastle has broken new ground in the genre, featuring two non-verbal artists who rap using communication devices.

 

leading unsw disability advocate rosemary kayess joins un advisory group

Interim-Director of UNSW’s Disability Institute Rosemary Kayess has been elected to the United Nations Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

Elections for the committee, which monitors implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, took place at the United Nations in June.

 

Reece Catermole: UK's only deaf professional boxer on overcoming obstacles 

Reece Cattermole was diagnosed with a genetic, degenerative hearing condition
at the age of three and is expected to be completely deaf by the age of 40.

Despite that, the 21-year-old is the UK's first registered deaf boxer to be granted a professional licence since the 1970s, and won his four-round debut contest last month.

 

new hub to promote inclusiveness through neuro diverse workplaces

University students with autism and psychosocial conditions will be supported on their journey to employment through a Western Australian Neurodiversity Hub.

The hub, set to be established in Perth by Curtin University and DXC Technology, will promote employment opportunities for students with autism, post traumatic stress disorder, anxiety and depression.

 

Disability will be overcome through tech innovation says bionic man

MIT professor and co-director of of the Centre for Extreme Bionics at the MIT Media Lab Hugh Herr has revealed disability will soon be completely overcome through technological advancements.

Having both his legs amputated at the age of 17 after contracting frostbite on a mountain climbing expedition, Herr dedicated his career to researching the next generation of bionic limbs, robotic prothetics and innovative technologies that will help merge bodies and machines. And he's confident new bionics will help eliminate disability this century.

 

A typical review the best show netflix has ever made

This Forbes article has dubbed 'Atypical', a series about teenager with autism, as "the best show Netflix has ever made".

 

Meet dan mancina the blind skateboarder changing perceptions toward disability

"Blind and changing how people see." Meet Dan Mancina, the blind skateboarder changing perceptions toward people with disability. 

 

They’re young, they’re driven and they’re killing it… UK Cosmopolitan magazine has announced its 2018 Millennial Power List, which reveals the latest fleet of inspirational young women who are turning the world on its head. And a huge congratulations goes to Siena Castellon of Quantum Leap Mentonring for being recognised as one of the next generation to watch for her amazing work at qlmentoring.com.

Siena is a talented and inspirational 15-year-old with autism, dyslexia and dyspraxia who at just age 13 launched the mentoring platform that supports bright children with learning differences

 

Frida kahlo disability fashion mexico

When Frida Khalo’s leg had to be amputated in 1953, she wrote in her diary, “Feet? What do I want them for, when I have wings to fly.” ⠀
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What Khalo’s clothing tells us about fashion’s disability frontier.

 

australia prepares to defend wheelchair rugby world champion title

Reigning Wheelchair Rugby World Champions Australia will be the first nation to defend their title at home, hosting a major international wheelchair rugby tournament 18 years after the sport made history in Sydney.

  

Why are there more clothing lines for dogs than disabled people

Clothing designer Izzy Camilleri is best known for her work styling celebrities such as David Bowie, Angelina Jolie and Meryl Streep. But her latest collection, released this month, has one major difference: it is designed for people with disabilities.

Express yourself inclusive emojis concept introduced

First our keyboards welcomed the introduction of the red-head Emojis, now, tech giant Apple is looking to move forward with the introduction of a range of new Accessibility Emoji. 

 

When Lucus Evans spotted himself on a poster for school uniform he gave his mum a big thumbs up and she knew he was “chuffed”.

Lucus, who has Down syndrome, is one of 30 children featured in the M&S Back To School campaign entitled ‘Life isn’t Uniform’.
For Kellie, it is important to see her son in such an inclusive line-up as she says she fights daily for Lucus and his eight-year-old brother Alexander, who has cerebral palsy, to be included in the mainstream.

 

Visit Laura Malaquias website

Young Aussie go-getter Laura Malaquias has launched an awareness website and penned a letter to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull asking him to address the nation on International Day of People with Disabilities (December 3) to help with her mission of spreading awareness about the importance of better opportunities and education for people with disabilities.

Laura is leading the charge of the next generation's advocates and her passion for supporting her younger brother Julius, who has Down syndrome, is something to be proud of! To sign Laura's petition visit her website here.

 

actor disability tackles crutchie newsies nj free movies

Young actor Patrick Tombs, who plays Crutchie in a NJ art centre's production of musical Newsies, has opened up about his experiences in the industry, as an actor with a disability.

Born with arthrogryposis, a disorder that causes atrophied muscles and stiff limbs, Tombs says that casting actors with disabilities rather than those without in roles that portray those disabilities is a key step to inclusion, and says this role in the Broadway smash hit based on a Disney film, is a perfect fit.

 

kurt fearnley appointed officer of order of australia

Three-time Paralympic gold medallist Kurt Fearnley was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia or OAM in 2005 after winning a gold medal at the Athens Paralympic Games, and today he has received an even higher honour — he has been appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia or AO.

Fearnley is receiving the Queen's Birthday Honour for distinguished service to people with a disability, for his fundraising efforts when it comes to Indigenous athletics and charitable organisations, as well as his achievements as a Paralympic athlete.

 

kurt fearnley appointed officer of order of australia

Kanye West spoke candidly about his mental health battles at the listening party for his new album YE last week, opening up about the part it has played in the creation of his latest body or work, which has “I hate Bi-Polar it’s awesome” scrawled across the cover.

In a video interview with radio personality Big Boy, West explains he feels blessed and privileged for the circumstances surrounding his diagnosis at the age of 39: “It’s not a disability, it’s a super power.”

Did you know that Guide Dogs are taught to locate a seat for their handler, when given the command?

Here's Guide Dog in Training Harper with her Instructor, Jodi, doing a fantastic job of showing us how it's done.

 

lgbtqi disability sexuality project wins 10000 grant

Northcott Innovation’s Velvet Expressions project, which aims to help LGBTQI people with disabilities overcome barriers to engaging in sexual activities, has been awarded giving circle The Channel’s $10,000 Pride & Resilience Grant Round.

The Channel’s executive director Georgia Mathews says disability and sexuality are such taboo topics that one issue seldom comes into frame when the other is being discussed.

“Learning more about the nature of this intersection from the people living it is such an important step," Mathews said.

"We hope this grant assists in breaking down the barriers to intimacy and pleasure that this group faces, and reminds us that many of us take access to these things for granted."

 

canberra families find relief with opening of respite centre

A new respite centre for teenagers with a disability has opened in Canberra.
Emma Ruby House was launched by Canberra Raiders coach Ricky Stuart, and named after his daughter Emma who was diagnosed with autism at age 11.

 

 We're already excited for Ability Fest 2019! 

 

open to feature world first in disability golf

A world-first championship for golfers with a disability will be contested during this year's Emirates Australian Open in Sydney, where the world's best golfers and champions golfers with a disability will share the fairways.


ablegamers xbox adaptive controller interview

AbleGamers is a charity that champions accessibility in gaming, helping those with unique needs get the tools and advice they need to enjoy gaming.

Here, COO Steven Spohn discusses the importance of accessibility in gaming, new Adaptive Controllers and much more. 

Watershed moment for british tv

Congratulations to comedian Lee Ridley on winning Britain's Got Talent 2018!
Here's an intesting BBC article on the changing face of people with disability in mainstream UK media.

bionic actress angel giuffria is ready for people with disabilities to get their close-up

Angel Giuffria is making waves in Hollywood.
Here she chats about forging a career in show business and opens up about how her roles transitioning from playing "a two-handed person" with a cosmetic prosthesis, to the day she stopped covering it up. Can't wait to see more from this talented lady!

 

Did everyone catch Employable Me?
Meet extraordinary job seekers Kayla, who has Tourette Syndrome, and Tim and Rohan who both have autism, as they aim to prove that having a neurological condition shouldn't make them unemployable. Catch up on full episodes on ABC iView now. 

 

ordering coffee with sign language help hearing impaired staff

This Aussie cafe owner is asking her customers to place their coffee orders with sign language to support her six hearing impaired baristas and staff!

 

ability fest presale

Ability Fest has just announced its full lineup and it looks set to be an amazing day!

The venue will be fully accessible for, and inclusive of, all patrons, including AUSLAN interpreters visible for main stage acts. 100% of proceeds from Ability Fest will be donated to DAF - a charitable organisation with the core purpose of helping marginalised young Australians with disabilities gain self-esteem, fulfil their potential and achieve their dreams.

Register for discounted pre-sale tickets - https://arep.co/p/ability-fest-presale

  

Our library

Happy Birthday to Louis Braille, the French schoolboy who founded the tactile writing system that bears his name!

It's great to see so many people and organisations have clamoured to mark World Braille Day on social media, that it's resulted in the phrase trending on Twitter!

Did you know UK charity/ publishing house Living Paintings design, create and publish tactile and audio books for blind and partially sighted people, distributed through a specialised free postal library?

 

Major supermarket rolls out quiet hour to help shoppers with autism 

For individuals on the autism spectrum, the bright lights and loud sounds of a busy supermarket can cause sensory overload. So Coles has rolled out 'Quiet Hour' in 68 stores across Australia, to help make the shopping experience a little easier for those affected, and their families.

What do you think about 'Quiet Hour'? Would you like to see it rolled out elsewhere, and in other stores?

 

Today marks the launch in Australia of a commemorative coin to celebrate 25 years since the the first ever International Day of People with Disability.

The special coin and envelope sets are available from Australia Post outlets, while the coin alone is available from the Royal Australian Mint.

 

Miss wheelchair world beauty pageant breaks down barriers

Aleksandra Chichikova, from Belarus, has been crowned the winner of the Miss Wheelchair World in Warsaw. Congratulations Aleksandra!

 

ABC's (US) 'Speechless', a sitcom about a family with a son who has a disability, has proven to be a hit, attracting millions of viewers each week. 

Now a favourite for audiences right around the world, including people with a disability, and carers, parents and siblings of children with disability, reviews applaud the show for so accurately representing life for families like the one portrayed in the show. 

 

channel 4 signs comedian adam hills on exclusive contract

Adam Hills, Alex Brooker and Josh Widdecombe will be sticking around on UK TV screens, with the announcement that the late night show which ran during C4's Paralympics coverage will return with a Christmas Special and series run next year.